Weekly Wire: February 28, 2019

Weekly Wire: February 28, 2019

The Staying Abreast: Weekly Wire e-Newsletter is a compendium of news, actions, and resources considered to be of interest or relevance to the breastfeeding field. The newsletter aims to support the USBC's mission "To drive collaborative efforts for policy and practices that create a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States." Included items are submitted for consideration or identified by the USBC e-news team via extensive online review. Whenever possible, the newsletter utilizes language directly from the primary source of an item without additional analysis or edits. In some cases, the USBC offers additional perspectives through the "USBC Insights," media and partner highlights, and the "News & Views" section. Inclusion of an item in the e-newsletter does not imply endorsement or support by the USBC of an item or organization, unless specifically noted.

In this Issue:

  • USBC Updates
    • Welcome New USBC Members: CHEER & Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition!
    • Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities at NBCC
    • Welcome Congress Week Update
    • Special Webinar: USBC Membership Transformation – Recording Available!
  • Federal News
    • Incarcerated Parents Funding Opportunity, summarized from DOJ
    • Study on Economic Impacts of Breastfeeding in WIC, summarized from USDA
    • 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Announced, summarized from USDA/HHS
    • Protecting Sensitive Locations Act Introduced, summarized from Congress
  • Members News
    • State of Babies Report, summarized from ZERO TO THREE
    • EMPower Training Update, summarized from CGBI
    • Increase in Nonprofit Human Donor Milk Distribution, summarized from HMBANA 
    • Launch of New Guiding Principles, quoted from USLCA
  • News from the Field
    • Updated Directory of State Breastfeeding Laws, summarized from NCSL
  • State & Community News
    • Paid Leave Expansion Bill Signed Into Law, summarized from New Jersey
  • Equity Elements
    • Statement on Stillbirth During Custody, summarized from ICE/CBP 
    • Child Care for Working Families Act Introduced, summarized from Congress
  • News & Views

USBC Updates

Welcome New USBC Members: CHEER & Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition!

The Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research (CHEER) is a new National Nonprofit Member of the USBC that works to bring about health equity by collaborating with community based partners to promote best practices in maternity care, increase breastfeeding rates, and decrease racial and ethnic disparities. CHEER has been active in the breastfeeding field for over 20 years and currently runs the CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices) program which spans 4 of the 7 regions in the US. Read more about the wonderful work they're doing!

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is a new Breastfeeding Coalition Member of the USBC working collaboratively to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding in Kansas. The KBC is currently at the forefront of breastfeeding support work, serving as the central hub for connecting state and local stakeholders, and working to align and amplify a collective voice to influence the policy, system, and environmental changes that will ensure all families have the opportunity to reach their personal breastfeeding goals. Learn more about the KBC here!

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities at NBCC

The USBC is pleased to present the Sponsorship, Advertising & Exhibit Opportunities for the Ninth National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC), June 14 & 15, 2019. We are looking forward to being back in the DC Metropolitan area, and very excited to host our first-ever event in June! We hope you'll consider supporting the Conference via one of our many marketing opportunities. On site marketing opportunities begin the evening of Thursday, June 13, with a "Welcome Exhibits Dessert Reception" in the Exhibit area, and continue through mid-day Saturday, June 15. We're offering Sponsorships at a variety of price points for things like:

  • Family and Friendly Spaces: Childcare Room, Lactation Lounge, Identity Caucus Rooms
  • Comfort items: Water Bottles, Wellness Kit
  • Event Specific Items: Program Book, Conference App, Attendee Bags
  • Special Events: Desserts Reception, Table Topic Luncheon, Story Sharing Evening

In addition to sponsorship opportunities, the NBCC will also have an exhibit hall located in the foyer outside the ballroom, with dedicated refreshment breaks.

Welcome Congress Week Update

The USBC has hosted a successful Welcome Congress Week campaign, working with individuals and organizations across the nation to welcome our Senators and Representatives, educate them about their role in supporting breastfeeding, and highlight the specific policy priorities that we want them to support. Thank you to everyone who took action! Some highlights demonstrating the impact of the week of collective action include:

  • We exceeded our goal of 1,000: Number of messages sent to Members of Congress = 1,061!
  • We spread the word about breastfeeding friendly policies: 276 people engaged with Welcome Congress Week tools!
  • We expanded our network: 111 new advocates signed up for USBC Action Alerts!
  • We expressed our gratitude: 59 supporters sent 177 emails and 21 Twitter messages of thanks to their legislators!

While the event week is over, these materials remain available for you to use whenever you connect with your legislators throughout the 116th Congressional Session. Take quick action anytime from the Welcome Congress Week webpage

Special Webinar: USBC Membership Transformation – Recording Available!

The USBC has released the recording of this week's presentation, titled "Special Webinar: USBC Membership Tranformation." The special session focused on USBC's new membership categories, components of the membership application, and the benefits of membership. Ready to submit an application? Visit the Membership Inquiries page to access the applications.

Federal News

Incarcerated Parents Funding Opportunity, summarized from DOJ

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Program has announced a funding opportunity for local and state governments titled "Grant Opportunity: OJJDP FY 19 Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children." Funding will support a program that will promote and expand services in detention and correctional facilities to incarcerated individuals who have children younger than age 18. Program activities include developing strategies to increase and enhance communication between the child and his or her incarcerated parent while maintaining safe facilities, and providing transitional reentry services that incorporate a focus on parental responsibility for incarcerated parents and ensuring that youth with an incarcerated parent receive services that support positive youth development. Six awards are expected and the closing date for applications is Monday, April 15.

Study on Economic Impacts of Breastfeeding in WIC, summarized from USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service (ERS) has conducted a study on the economic impacts of breastfeeding in WIC, including its potential cost savings for WIC and Medicaid. The study estimated the economic impacts if 90% of WIC infants in 2016 were breastfed for 12 months and received no infant formula during that time. This hypothetical scenario assumes 90% of WIC participants meet the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended duration and exclusivity goals for breastfeeding. The study estimates that if breastfeeding rates in WIC reflected the medical recommendations, participation in the program would increase by 8% and, as a result, lead to increased program costs largely due to the fact that the cost for nutrition services and administration are higher for breastfeeding women. The study also estimated $111.6 million in savings on federal Medicaid costs associated with improved health outcomes of breastfeeding women and infants. In addition, ERS estimates that annual health-related cost savings accruing to WIC households or their non-Medicaid health insurance providers would have totaled $9.0 billion.

2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Announced, summarized from USDA/HHS

The Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have jointly announced the members of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). A public meeting is expected in the coming weeks to officially kick off the next phase during which the DGAC will review the evidence base on the list of topics and scientific questions identified by the USDA and HHS with consideration of public and agency comments. The list of members appointed to the expert committee can be found at DietaryGuidelines.gov.

USBC Insight: During the past year, USBC has brought you updates on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), released jointly by the USDA and HHS every 5 years. Beginning with the 2020 edition, the DGA will expand to include for the first time, guidance for infants and toddlers (from birth to age 24 months) and women who are pregnant. The USBC is collaborating with partner organizations to engage the First Food field in advocating for these key population groups during the development of the DGAC scientific report as well as the final Dietary Guidelines released by USDA and HHS. Please stay tuned for upcoming action opportunities for public input to urge that the 2020 dietary guidelines development process is based on the most recent, salient, and evidence-based science and is free of industry bias.

Protecting Sensitive Locations Act Introduced, summarized from Congress

The Protecting Sensitive Locations Act (H.R. 1101) has been introduced in the House. The legislation would codify and expand current Department of Homeland Security policy that limits immigration enforcement activities at sensitive locations. The current policy identifies schools, hospitals, places of worship, and demonstrations as sensitive locations, but H.R. 1101 would expand that definition to explicitly include public assistance offices, including WIC clinics. The bill is sponsored by Representatives Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Jose Serrano (D-NY), and Don Beyer (D-VA).

Member News

State of Babies Report, summarized from ZERO TO THREE

ZERO TO THREE, in partnership with Child Trends, has published the State of Babies Yearbook. The website compares national and state-by-state data on the well-being of infants and toddlers, and provides policymakers and advocates with national and state-level data to help them advance policies to improve the lives of babies and families. Resources include state-by-state reports and an online tool that shares the State of Babies Yearbook with your Members of Congress. Join ZERO TO THREE on Wednesday, March 6, from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar that explores this project and highlights how it can be used to support advocacy for families and babies.

EMPower Training Update, summarized from CGBI

The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute has published an update on EMPower Training, the current CDC-funded initiative that focuses on advancing the knowledge and skills in evidence-based maternity practices supportive of optimal infant nutrition. The update includes recent activities by EMPower Training, including Train-the-Trainer meetings and cohort calls.

Increase in Nonprofit Human Donor Milk Distribution, summarized from HMBANA

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America has published a news release describing a 12 percent increase in 2018 in nonprofit human donor milk distribution by HMBANA and its members in the U.S. and Canada. The news release includes quotes from HMBANA's President and Executive Director on the impact of this increase.

Launch of New Guiding Principles, quoted from USLCA

The United States Lactation Consultant Association has adopted new organizational guiding principles. The development of this new foundational profile, that includes USLCA's Mission, Vision and Values, follows a year of organizational reflection and examination and reflects the beginning of an evolution of the association. Over the past year, USLCA's board and executive leadership conducted research to help guide the association to a path forward to create more relevancy in serving both today's membership and the new members it will work to attract. The research also provided insight on the future value of building stronger relationships and meaningful collaboration among professional peer groups and the broader family healthcare team, which USLCA believes will lead to greater recognition of the important role of lactation care providers across all communities. 

News from the Field

Updated Directory of State Breastfeeding Laws, summarized from NCSL

The National Conference of State Legislatures has updated the "Breastfeeding State Laws" webpage to include recently passed legislation. The webpage also includes information on federal health reform and nursing mothers and additional external resources.

State and Community News

Paid Leave Expansion Bill Signed Into Law, summarized from New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a paid leave expansion bill into law. The law expands New Jersey's current paid leave program to provide additional job protections for those who miss work due to caring for a newborn child or a sick loved one. Among other changes, the new state program will provide up to 12 weeks of family leave a year, increase the weekly benefit and intermittent leave, and expand the definition of individuals eligible to take paid family leave.

Collective Impact Connection

Leadership of Color in Community Organizing Movements, summarized from LLC

The Leadership Learning Community has published a blog post titled "Six Lessons for Cultivating Leadership of Color in the Community Organizing Movement." The post draws from the author's direct experience with community organizing training programs that have rigorous approaches to skills-building and intentional strategies for training, supporting, and promoting leaders of color and includes examples from the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development's Center for Neighborhood Leadership Apprenticeship Program.

Equity Elements

Statement on Stillbirth During Custody, summarized from ICE/CBP

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have released a joint statement on an unnamed woman who went into labor and delivered a stillborn baby in DHS custody. The woman, whose name and identifying details are being withheld in order to protect her privacy, reported being six months pregnant at the time of her apprehension by the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP), shortly before midnight on February 18 near Hidalgo, Texas. While in USBP custody, she was taken to the hospital and cleared for release on Feb. 21 after receiving two medical screenings. In the late afternoon on Feb. 22, she was transferred to ICE custody to be processed for release. That same evening, while being processed for release by ICE, she began complaining of abdominal discomfort and was examined by the ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC). The clinical director was called and ordered that she be sent to the hospital. EMS was called. At that time, she conveyed that the baby was coming. She went into premature labor, at 27 weeks pregnant, and delivered an unresponsive male infant. IHSC initiated CPR and EMS transported them both to the Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas, where the infant was later pronounced dead. Although for investigative and reporting purposes, a stillbirth is not considered an in-custody death, ICE and CBP officials are proactively disclosing the details of this tragic event to be transparent with Congress, the media and the public. Read ICE's policy on the identification and monitoring of pregnant detainees and frequently asked questions.

USBC Insight: The USBC Statement on Unlawful Separation of Children and Families at the Border affirms our strong stance on the need for nations to preserve dignity through humane treatment of vulnerable children and families. 

Child Care for Working Families Act Introduced, summarized from Congress

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL) have introduced the "Child Care for Working Families Act" in both Houses of Congress. The early learning and child care bill would lower childcare costs for low-income and middle-income families, support universal pre-K programs for all 3 and 4 year-olds, and improve compensation and training for the childcare workforce. Member highlights included:

News & Views

AMCHP Pulse: "Spotlight on MCH Champion Lucille Roybal-Allard"

Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference blog: "2019 Honoree: Miriam Labbok Award for Excellence 2019"

A Better Balance blog: "ABB Co-Authors Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Alabama Worker Denied Pregnancy Accommodation"

NICHQ blog: "Developing Multi-Sector Partnerships in Early Childhood"

Wolters Kluwer: "American Journal of Nursing Announces 2018 Book of the Year Awards"

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